“Thread of Death” is a novella by Jennifer Estep set just after the end of “Spider’s Revenge”, detailing the events that unfold after the climactic battle between the assassin known as the ‘Spider’ and the evil Elemental Mab. There are plenty of spoilers if one has not read the previous books in the series but this gives a glimpse of the life that Gin Blanco lives. She has fought long and hard to hone her skills as an assassin but she has tried to keep a relatively low profile. Events conspire against her and she gets a taste of the way her future will unfold in this action packed tale.
An appetizer to whet one’s appetite for the rest of the tales in the Elemental Assassin series. There is a tempting excerpt for the upcoming “By A Thread” novel and a thumbnail sketch of the major players in Gin’s life. The switch in narrative to Mab’s second-in-command is a little disconcerting but provides a bit of background to the events that have taken place thus far. A quick read to flesh out a few events, best read by those who are familiar with the series thus far but will give a new reader a quick look at life in Ashland.
Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, might have finally killed her nemesis, Mab Monroe, but that doesn’t mean that it’s smooth sailing. Gin goes to Mab’s funeral to say her goodbyes and runs into some of Ashland’s most notorious underworld power players, including Jonah McAllister and Phillip Kincaid. McAllister wants her dead, and Kincaid has his own murky motives when it comes to the Spider, and Gin once again finds herself fighting for her life. Only this time, she might wind up in the cemetery right next to Mab….